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Information Collection on Certificates of Quota Eligibility for Sugar Imports Under Review

Friday, June 21, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service is seeking comments no later than Aug. 19 on the proposed extension of an information collection in support of the regulation providing for the issuance of certificates of quota eligibility required to enter sugar and sugar-containing products under tariff-rate quotas.

USDA regulations generally prohibit sugar subject to a World Trade Organization or free trade agreement TRQ from being imported or withdrawn from a warehouse for consumption at in-quota duty rates unless such sugar is accompanied by a valid CQE. The FAS distributes CQEs to foreign countries in such amounts and at such times as are determined appropriate to enable those countries to fill their quota allocations for the quota period in a reasonable manner, taking into account harvesting periods, U.S. import requirements and other relevant factors. The information required to be collected on the CQE is used to monitor and control imports of products subject to the WTO and FTA sugar TRQs.

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